Hänssler presents the latest release in the acclaimed series of Charles Koechlin’s orchestral works. Koechlin is considered one of the most prominent 20th century French composers, yet there has not been a comprehensive examination of his works until now. This release features three world premiere recordings, including arrangements of works by Gabriel Faure´, Franz Schubert and Emmanuel Chabrier.
When listening to the orchestral music of Charles Koechlin, one is immediately captivated by the intoxicating range of colors he was able to craft into every score. Given his extraordinary sensitivity to instrumental textures, it is hardly surprising that he would, upon occasion rework - or be asked to score - the music of others, giving those pieces new life with a splash of unexpected color. Debussy’s late ballet "Khamma" is such a piece, orchestrated by Koechlin from the composer’s short score, as was Fauré’s "Pelléas et Mélisande." In Franz Schubert’s "Wanderer Fantasy," Koechlin offers an orchestral version of this most symphonic of piano pieces, whereas Chabrier’s "Bouree fantasque" is a delightful fantasy.
Michael Scott Rohan - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes section) - September 2012
*** - Good Disc
Franck Mallet - Classica magazine - September 2012
Music **** Sound ****
Thomas Schulz - Fono Forum - September 2012